A couple of weeks ago, my friend and I went to a Skillet concert.
I love Skillet. I don’t care what anyone else says – I love their style, I love their lyrics, and I love that even though they went sort of mainstream, they still have kept the faith. Their songs speak to me and their rhythms energize me, making even usually-stationary-me (just ask my friends) want to move along with the pulse. However, while I sway, I still can observe the people around me.
I haven’t been to very many concerts (although this year can be called productive – two big concerts), but the ones where I did go, it was an observer’s heaven. All those people, there for the same goal… Incredible.
What amazes me the most is that the crowds cheer any change. One person starts it and everyone joins in. Especially when the band is not on the stage yet. The anticipation is so thick in the air that you can almost taste it on the tip of your tongue.
Someone came on the stage!
YAAAAAAAAAH!!! (Only to discover it’s just a maintenance guy who set up a microphone or put a bottle of water for the band to drink…)
Excitement, excitement, excitement.
When the band finally walks out onto the podium, the cheering doesn’t differ much by then. The anticipation started it all and it just carries on.
Later as he was sitting on Mount Olives, his disciples approached and asked him, “Tell us, when are these things going to happen? What will be the sign of your coming, that the time’s up?”
Jesus said, “Watch out for doomsday deceivers. Many leaders are going to show up with forged identities, claiming, ‘I am Christ, the Messiah.’ They will deceive a lot of people. When reports come in of wars and rumored wars, keep your head and don’t panic. This is routine history; this is no sign of the end. Nation will fight nation and ruler fight ruler, over and over. Famines and earthquakes will occur in various places. This is nothing compared to what is coming.
“Then if anyone tells you, ‘Look, here is the Messiah,’ or ‘There he is,’ don’t believe it. For false messiahs and false prophets will rise up and perform great signs and wonders so as to deceive, if possible, even God’s chosen ones. See, I have warned you about this ahead of time.
“So if someone tells you, ‘Look, the Messiah is out in the desert,’ don’t bother to go and look. Or, ‘Look, he is hiding here,’ don’t believe it! For as the lightning flashes in the east and shines to the west, so it will be when the Son of Man comes.
Matthew 24:3-8 (MSG), 23-27 (NLT)
Those crowds waiting for the band to come out remind me of people who are overly eager for Him to come. Granted, I dream of it often too, but yelling “THERE HE IS!” every time something starts to smoke or a maintenance guy came out to prepare for His coming is silly.
When He will come – we will all know. And no one knows (or can / should know) the day of His coming. I think if we knew, it would be boring. We could live our lives and not care what is going on – we’ll be able to “fix” it in the very end, just before He gets home.
Oh, back to the concert – here’s a short video I took of John Cooper talking between songs. He did not talk much during the concert, but when he did, it was to the point and really cool. So, enjoy.
P.S. Here’s the reflections from the other concert, 30 Seconds to Mars.